WATCH: 'Hyperloop' around India within 30-90 minutes?
Hypersonic travel pioneering companies in talks with Indian government to develop project.
It seems like high-speed travel is on it's way out - with 'hyper-speed' travel craze taking over the world.
According to Indian media reports, authorities in India are in talks with companies that pioneered the idea of hyper-speed or hypersonic travel, including Hyperloop Transportation Technology (HTT), to set up a Hyperloop project in the country.
An idea conceptualised by tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk, a Hyperloop train or capsule can reach speeds of up to 1,200 kmph. A project in India would make it the first country in the sub-continent to adopt this technology to ease congestion issues.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post India, HTT COO Bibop Gresta and Chief Global Operation Director of Middle East and Asia Joel Michael, said:
'India is a very interesting country. It has a great railway network already. Hyperloop implementation would need a bit of modification but it is doable. And the technology is a perfect fit for the country as well. With a high population count, it makes more sense.
Optimum use of of Hyperloop would mean that a capsule would come to a station every 7 minutes. Each capsule has a capacity of 3,400 people. Imagine how many people a day can be transported every time.
We are in talks with the Indian government, investors and other regulators. I think there is a great opportunity here. I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited Silicon Valley and the response was very positive.
Although, India needs a better infrastructure. The government needs to invest more into education and technology to improve that.'
Here's India's Hyperloop plan:
Recently, the Dubai government expressed interest in developing a Hyperloop network in the city, announcing an international competition to design a Hyperloop project allowing people to travel between Dubai and Fujairah in less than 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, DP World is all set to move containers from ships docked at DP World's flagship Jebel Ali Port via the Hyperloop tube to an inland container depot in Dubai that is 29 km away from the port.
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